This boutique hotel dates back to the 19th Century. Looking at its handsome brick facade which displays a uniform character it is hard to imagine that is really an amalgamation of three adjacent buildings into one.
The hotel's biggest advantage is its location. You can walk from here to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum in about 5 minutes.(Yes, happily, the Van Goghs are back in their home, which was under renovation for a while). The Hotel sells tickets to both the museums (15 euro each), so you avoid the long lines at the museums.
The hotel also arranges for bicycles for hire, and you can rent them for a minimum of 3 hours (at 8 euros), and a maximum of 24hours.(I forgot how much the 24 hour hire charges were- we only rented cycles for 3 hours). Using the hotel's voucher, you can book a canal cruise at 10% discount. Taxis are also arranged by the hotel, as are cars on rent.Umbrellas are also available at the reception.Although you can take a bus to and from Schiphol airport at 14 euros per head, and that involves walking about a block away, I'd recommend a taxi, which the hotel arranges for about 40 euros, one way.
The rooms are fair sized, by European standards and the toilets are adequate. The large windows let in light, and the air conditioning works very efficiently. The hot water kettle with the tea and coffee service is a welcome and thoughtful addition. The room also has a electronic locker,and a well stocked mini bar.
There is a small garden at the back, and a bar "Wines and Bites" serves drinks and small snacks. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but you can always pick up an apple from the jar at the reception.Next to the reception is a lounge, with magazines and comfortable chairs and sofas. English language papers are available in the Lobby. The hotel also has a Spa to provide usual treatments and sunbeds are available on reservation.There is internet available at the reception, and wire-free service in your room, for a charge.
Breakfast is at 13 euros per head, and unless you wish to eat a muffin or a waffle at the hot dog stand between the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, there is no breakfast place in the immediate neighbourhood. So if you haven't got breakfast included in the price of your room, you may be better off if you can pack something and carry it to your room for the next day's breakfast. Fortunately, the Centrum, the canals, and Leidesplein ( a pleasant open happening square, best for people-watching from an out door cafe table), are all within 10 to 15 minutes of a walk.
The best part bout the hotel is its smiling staff. The reception is most helpful and the staff go out of their way to answer questions, give out maps and directions, and otherwise provide any service you may want.
The Hotel is a member of World Hotels. So if you book it through the 'worldhotels' website, your spending at the hotel is converted into frequent flier miles on certain specified airlines.
We have been to Amsterdam several times, this is by far the best hotel we stayed in Amsterdam.
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